YouTube app updated with picture-in-picture and deeper Chromecast integration

By , Aug 20, 2013

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Yesterday, Google announced that it was bringing a new version of its YouTube app to Android, but it didn’t say when it would be reaching iOS. Well it looks like the answer is today. The search giant just posted a big update for its standalone iOS YouTube app.

The update, which brings the app to version 2.0, brings about a number of improvements, including a new ‘picture-in-picture’ feature, which lets you watch a video in the bottom half of your device’s screen while you continue to explore content on the site…

From Google’s YouTube Blog:

“With the swipe of a finger, you can watch a video at the bottom of your screen while you keep exploring. Think about it this way–you can watch a video about making the perfect fried chicken while searching for homemadesalted caramel sauce recipes.

The Cast button on YouTube already lets you send YouTube videos from your phone or tablet to your connected TV, like onChromecast, Google TV, PlayStation 3 and other TVs. To make it easier to choose what to watch next, you’ll see a preview screen when your devices are connected and you select a video, with options to play the video to queue it up to watch next.”

And here’s a demo of the new features:

Also new in the YouTube app is the ability to search and browse channels for playlists—something you couldn’t do on mobile before. Now you can set back and watch collections of back-to-back videos, such as entire seasons of YouTube series like Epic Rap Battles.

Finally, to round out the update, the UI in the app has been refreshed with a “cleaner, simpler look that you’ll see in other apps from Google.” The new YouTube app will be available shortly from the App Store, for free.

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  • ic0dex

    Lol my 2 year old is going to get so confused hahaha

    • Singed

      And to think that several years ago parents didn’t let their 16 year-olds own phones…

      • iThinkergoiMac

        I imagine ic0dex’s 2 year-old doesn’t own an iDevice, but rather plays with ic0dex’s…

      • Singed

        I’m saying that something as complex as an iPad is not really suitable for a two year old.

      • ic0dex

        He has his own iPad mini and we only use the iPad mini for educational purposes. At 21 months old my son learned how to count to 10 and the A,B,C’s by watching YouTube Videos. He also now puts 2-3 words together as well, like Apple Juice, I love you and Hi mommy or Daddy. We also downloaded a few Apps for Kids and those have helped a lot too. We do time his use on the device and we limit him to only 2 hours a day broken into 30 minute sessions. Oh and he knows how to use the iPad Mini or my iPhone 5 better than most adults that I know of.

        If anyone is interested in some of the Apps we use here they are:

        – ABC Song
        – Counting Bear
        – ABC Alphabet Phonics ( Great App )
        I highly recommend parents try these apps out.

        You know the funny thing is todays kids will learn how to use a computer by the age of 4 and they will learn how to tie their shoes by the age of 8.

      • Alexander Reimann

        I totally agree with you, my daughter was better than my wife with the iPad mini at 2 1/2 years and she has been ahead of “learning standards” because of it. There are amazing apps that captivate them and make learning fun. I would have loved to have this as a kid!

      • Singed

        Thank you, sir for a valuable comment, it changed my viewpoint of you. I assumed you to be a careless parent, but that was not the case.
        Sorry, and thank you.

      • Frozen Bee .GFKS

        wtf is wrong with you people? 2 yo has iPad for educational purposes?? what about sit with him and teach him the damn alphabet and “counting to 10″ yourself?

      • iThinkergoiMac

        Why? Will the incredible complexity of an iPad damage a child’s mind? What specifically about an iPad makes it unsuitable for a 2 year-old? I have not seen any research that suggests that controlled exposure to digital devices like an iPad would be damaging to a child (other than the APA’s recommendation that children under the age of 2 should have no screen exposure, as assertion which has become suspect these days).

      • Singed

        Let’s face it, computers, iDevices and items like that are addictive, and can seriously damage a child, if used irresponsibly.
        Just as well, such products can ruin the viewpoint of the World for a child. He might start thinking that Facebook is better than real relationships, that Angry Birds is more useful than reading a book and that buying a chair is cheaper than building one.
        Still, all of this is arguable and I might be just too old-fashioned.

      • iThinkergoiMac

        This is true about anything you could give to a child. How many children have become overly attached to a stuffed animal, believing it to be more real than their friends?

        Don’t get me wrong, a device like an iPad presents a more real and present danger to a child than a stuffed animal. But with controlled usage, I don’t see that it’s inherently unsuitable for a child.

  • Sokrates

    Wait stop! You forgot the 30sec adverts in your clip!

  • David Gitman

    damn I feel like ios 7 is so close. everyone is start updating their app to 7

    • Didrick Namtvedt

      Yeah, the new update of the YouTube app has a look and feel that really resembles that of iOS 7 and the new icon is also more flat and minimalistic so I think this is a sign the public release of iOS 7 is getting closer as we will probably see more apps push similar updates in the time to come.

      • David Gitman

        looks so great

    • Mathieu Reid

      Google updated the application based on their app design for android. The Google Maps/YouTube/Whatever app is exacly the same on both platform.

  • Martin 

    Finally – it was very frustrating that we couldn’t search while playing.

  • Maxim∑

    amazing… iPod touch gets the update before my nexus 4. Yet another reason I’m switching to the 5S…

    • Byron Davis

      Nexus devices had this update since yesterday. So this is incorrect.

      • DissQuss

        He’s talking about the software update of nexus 4. I think it’s jelly bean 4.3? Correct me if im wrong. So sorry you’re incorrect.

      • Byron Davis

        Sorry you are incorrect. If he’s talking about 4.3. It’s been nexus 4 since the last week in July. So it can’t be that.

      • Maxim∑

        it began “rolling out” yesterday and still “rolling out” today. Android 4.3 came out the day it was announced yet took a full week for android to recognize that an OTA was available even if you checked for updates.

    • Mathieu Reid

      Android does staged updates, that mean they don’t push it on ALL the device in one day, but over weeks.
      And you can always force the update.

  • Fevostone

    Looks nice with my ip5 with ios7 sweet

  • Rudy

    VideoPane

  • http://www.twitter.com/Namra297 Namra

    The youtube app icon also changed right ?? Or did it change in previous version I don’t know.. Looks nice with iOS 7..

    • Fevostone

      Yes just changed :-)

      • rasengan720 .

        Aw.. I liked the old one better.. This one looks gay.. :(

      • Danuel Carr

        What aspect of that icon inspires feelings of homosexuality?

      • rasengan720 .

        let me rephrase it then i prefer the previous colour scheme of the app icon it looks better than this one.. and you could say this colour scheme seems girly or girl-liking colour scheme.. hence i used the term gay.. if you think its a wrong use of the term then i’m sorry :P

      • Maxim∑

        out of all the words…
        trocious
        awful
        cheap
        crummy
        dreadful
        lousy
        poor
        rough
        sad
        unacceptable
        blah
        bummer
        diddly

        downer
        garbage
        gross
        imperfect
        inferior
        junky
        synthetic
        abominable
        amiss
        bad news
        beastly
        bottom out
        careless

        cheesy
        crappy
        cruddy
        defective
        deficient
        dissatisfactory
        erroneous
        fallacious
        faulty
        godawful
        grody
        grungy
        icky

        inadequate
        incorrect
        not good
        off
        raunchy
        slipshod
        stinking
        substandard

        unsatisfactory

      • Jonathan

        Did you by any chance copy that off the web?

      • Maxim∑

        yes I didnt type all of that :)

      • Jonathan

        lol xD

      • rasengan720 .

        I have one thing to say..
        Why?

  • RarestName

    I hate it.

  • rasengan720 .

    And now we jus wait for protube extension for YouTube to be updated lol!!

    • Diego Gastón Milano

      Yeah, and YourTube is going to take three months, so sad. I wish they updated their app faster and more often. I think I’ll switch to ProTube after all, getting a bit tired of waiting for CocoatNuts’ times.

      • rasengan720 .

        good for you :D i feel that protube is better.. i hope they come with better UI and more features when they update the tweak for this version of youtube!

      • Diego Gastón Milano

        The only reason why I haven’t migrated to ProTube is the GUI- I believe YourTube feels more YouTube native whereas ProTube feels like you are indeed using an add-on. We shall see. :)

  • englishmike

    Why can’t you watch HD on 3G, or at least give us the option to choose! Poor quality over 3G, not worth using!

  • leart za jmi

    Its a clear ios 7 inspired design or copy.
    But the new logo is strange, it doesn’t look youtube anymore..

    • http://173.58.214.169/ That’s what Siri said!!!

      The new app design came from Android Jelly Bean.
      They updated it so it goes with iOS 7.

      • leart za jmi

        what is jelly bean, i never used that app??

      • http://173.58.214.169/ That’s what Siri said!!!

        It is android. Search google

      • leart za jmi

        maybe later, now is soccer time :)

      • rasengan720 .

        are you kidding? or are you seriously asking that question?

      • leart za jmi

        i know what is, a android os, but truly i never used for long time, i just tried for some hours and i dont liked android, now i own 2 iPhone 4s, that’s it, and i am in love with them

      • rasengan720 .

        oh.. i know how you feel.. i’m a iphone user too i’ve never touched a android device except when it’s one from someone i know and i need to play games or call someone else when i dont have any balance on my phone :P

      • leart za jmi

        i like genuine stuff, and only apple and ios can give me that feeling that’s it, in the past i was Nokia fan-boy, but since the first try last year of a iPhone 4 i felt in love with idevices :)

      • leart za jmi

        The old skin was more Youtubish. This new one is more like “Wait, what app is that? Oh, that’s right, it’s YouTube

    • Guest

      No, stop trying to start dumb comment wars. This update is clearly inspired by how Google has been updating their apps (Google Maps and Google Now for example), and those designs have been out almost a year before iOS 7 was announced.

      • leart za jmi

        oh really, i should stop if what?? For me is like that, looks ios 7 inspired, for you like android fanboi that you are is jelly bean inspired, ok is your opinion but i dont asket you for that, troll

      • leart za jmi

        Its wrong

  • http://173.58.214.169/ That’s what Siri said!!!

    Still no HQ button. Fail.

    Back to Safari.

    • Mathieu Reid

      This is how it’s done on the android version :
      While watching a video there should be a setting button, press it and you should be able to switch to HD.

      • Diego Gastón Milano

        Or jailbreak and install either ProTube or YourTube and we are all happy. :P

      • rasengan720 .

        is protube compatible with this latest version of youtube?

  • totallymichael

    Broke my YourTube. I had to uninstall it to even get the new YouTube app to open. After seeing the new layout though, it’s obvious why. I like the new little picture-in-picture feature, but does anybody know how to close the video? It seems like once I open a video it’s thumbnail is going to stay down there even after the video is done playing. Kind of just in the way when it’s not playing anything.

    • totallymichael

      Nvm. Just answered my own question. It’s a swipe to the right (or left) to close the thumbnail.

    • Diego Gastón Milano

      Same here. CocoaNuts hasn’t released any improvement in a long while; they just keep updating their app to be compatible with the latest versions of YouTube whereas ProTube seems to hear their users a bit more. Such a poor level of support shouldn’t go unnoticed.

  • 4p0c4lyps3

    Wont wrk with ‘protube extension.’ Crashes when i open.

    • Diego Gastón Milano

      It happens all the time when a new version is released. ProTube will probably be updated within a week; other similar extensions will take a month if not more.

  • Al

    Got my YouTube update on my Iphone5 earlier. Best update I’ve seen from them in a while.

  • MaK™

    Any word on when PRoTUbe extension will be updated?

  • Anthony Antunez

    Not only does the new app match the simplistic look of the desktop site and Android but it just so happens to fit right in with iOS 7 so it works out perfectly. Same with the rest of Google’s apps, they look fantastic. I think Jony Ive knew exactly what to do with iOS 7 to make it fit in with the way modern design is headed. The future is looking very minimalistic.

  • Mohammad Ridwan

    Still can’t choose viewing quality. Crashes on iPod Touch 4G. Lame.

  • Royce Otero

    Get your idevices jailbroken and you will enjoy VideoPane. Works way better and you can use it anywhere on your phone. And it works with other videos not just youtube. Just search it up and you will see :)

  • GuyBey0ndC00L

    No HD options… which the mobile website has.

    HD only available when using WiFI “only?”

    I have an iPhone 5 which has high LTE, 4G is also fast enough and yet I don’t have access to HD quality videos, “WHY?”

    Also “NO OPTION” to check INBOX again, “WHY?”

    3

  • anasiatka

    Do not update! First, I’ve noticed the entire GUI is horrible and slow. My iPhone 5 was plenty happy with the previous version but I accidentally hit update all. Second, it is a huge (!!) download. They like quad tripled the size of the app and it feels horrible in use. So clunky. Third, it breaks comparability (obviously) with ProTube. Fourth, I can’t get the previous version back. :(

    • MaK™

      Delete the youtube app>back up your iphone or sync>it>connect it to itunes>then drag the old one back to your phone>All Done!

      If you had videos in the app that you downloaded via protube extension and you dont want to loose them(My delimma), assuming you have ifile, or something similar on your computer, go to: Var>Mobile>Applications>select each file there until you find one that has youtube inside of it>Library>Protube

  • Tony

    Updated Youtube now I have to wait for protube extension update, any clues for new release?

  • bull_c

    The app update itself seems nice, BUT Adblock can’t block Youtubes horrible pre-video commercials anymore. So I downgraded. Hope Adblock updates soon!

  • http://sciencedem.blogspot.com editor

    If only the floating video would continue when the app was closed. Nice; but the ads ruin the experience. We can get ads on regular garbage network television. Cmon; this is the Internet….

  • David

    Yes. But when the vídeo stops, there’s no longer any way to refresh it.